I am so excited to be able to share this review with you from Nigel May’s Blog Tour for Addicted.
I met Nigel a few months back and fell in love with him, so I couldn’t wait to be a part of his blog tour and ask him some questions!
1. Thanks for stopping by Nigel! Tell me what inspired your story, Addicted?
The idea for Addicted came to me after reading about celebrities and their rehab-hopping ways in the newspapers. I thought it would be rather fabulous to take four completely different women who all have an inner demon they are fighting, their addictions, and put them into a strict rehab to see who could handle the pressure and who couldn’t. The women are all glossy and fabulous on the surface but underneath it all they are battling to stay afloat…and of course, one of them doesn’t make it. The second half of the book is set in and out of The Abbey, which is my take on The Priory.
2. If you could take one trait of each of your main characters and keep them for yourself what would they be and why?
Great question. I love Martha’s free-spirited nature as she has such a zest for life. I adore Lauren’s deep desire to want to see the good in all people, even if some individuals really push her buttons. Nancy is a big one for regret and it makes her question a lot of things she does. I think that’s a pretty good quality – to think before you act. And as for Portia, I would like some of her one-liners and the fact that she can sing like an angel. I unfortunately have a voice that is not exactly what you would call in tune!
3. What’s your favourite part of the book and why?
I love the scenes between Portia and her assistant, Redmond, as he is bossed around like crazy by Portia but adores his employer. She couldn’t cope without him either so I found their relationship to be a joyful one to write. They just bounce off each other. I also loved writing the finale where all of the action is revealed and the killer unmasked. I couldn’t write it fast enough when I wrote the first draft.
4. If you could spend the day in the life on one of your characters who would you chose and what would you get up to?
I would probably be actress Nancy for a day starring in one of her straight-to-DVD movies. When we meet her she has just starred in Squidosaurus Monster From The Deep which is my homage to those fabulously tacky movies like Mega Python and Sharknado. I have done a tiny bit of acting but I’ve never wrestled a giant squid – that would be a blast, don’t you think?
5. Whilst writing do you let anyone read it and get feed back, or do you wait until it’s completely finished? Who is your main go to person for advice?
I tend to finish the first draft before letting anyone else read the story as then can they read the complete blockbuster as one story and see what it lacks or what needs changing. I’ve had agents read them in the past and make suggestions but the first people to always see my stories are my partner Alan and my best mate Louise. They are both invaluable with their opinions.
6. Do you have a writing process, are you a planner and a thinker, or do you just put pen to paper and see what happens?
For my first book, Trinity, it was definitely a case of pen to paper and see what happens. With Addicted and my next book it was much more a case of planning things out. I don’t always know exactly where the storyline will go as I like to keep things fluid but it definitely helps to have a structure to hang ideas on. I like to scribble out grids of how characters are inked together. Quite often they start as friends and end up as lovers or total enemies.
7. Ok Nigel, let’s get down to business. You worked on more! magazine for many years, (which happened to be one of my most favourite magazines ever). Give us some gossip? Anyone you expected to dislike and loved? Anyone you loved and then hated because of diva strops?
I loved working on more! Magazine. I was Celebrity Editor for about three and a half years in the late 1990s which was an amazing job. I used to commission Position Of The Fortnight as part of my job and then have to play-act it out with somebody in the office in order to get the illustration drawn. You want gossip? Okay, well I loved interviewing Tori Spelling, she was great fun and I interviewed four of the male stars of the soap Sunset Beach in LA in a Jacuzzi. If you remember the soap you will know they were gorgeous. Sara Cox was always fun to interview, and I was obsessed with getting STEPS into the mag as often as possible. I loved going to Miami with Dannii Minogue as well – she was fabulous. The only person who I really didn’t take to was the model Caprice. She just seemed really cold. Maybe she was having an off day. And Destiny’s Child were very serious which didn’t really fit in with the whole fun ethic of more!. Most celebs were joyous.
8. Can you tell us any funny stories from your time at the magazine?
I was waiting to interview Jon Bon Jovi on the telephone and he was running late. I was dying for a wee so nipped to the loo. Of course it was at that minute he phoned and one of the girls in the office put him on hold until I finished weeing. Poor man. Jon Bon Jovi – such a star, and he had to wait for me.
9. Are any of your characters inspired by a celebrity? (It’s ok, we won’t tell anyone!)
They are. Nancy Arlow is a mixture of Billie Piper and 80s pop stars like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany who have ended up starring in trashy monster movies, yet they used to be some of the biggest stars in the world. Portia is based on a real-life opera singer called Malena Ernman. I saw her on TV all dripping in bling and fell in love. Lauren isn’t really based on any one celebrity, but she is named after my niece. And Martha I always imagined to look like Heidi Range who was in the Sugababes when I was writing her. It’s funny how you have an image of people in your mind.
10. Tell us in 5 words why someone should pick up your book?
“It’s a bloody good read”
Nigel May is a TV presenter and journalist. He regularly presents on UK shopping channels where he has built up a substantial fan base. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America.
As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to travel. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.